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'''Gender cues''' (also called '''gender markers''') are generally understood to be signifiers of traditional [[gender expression]]s in order to either defy or reinforce a [[gender identity]]. While many markers of gender are not instantly recognizable, gender cues are tied to socialized assumptions of gender roles and expression. These cues change based on culture, an individual's age, [[religion]], and many more extenuating and outside factors. Many gender cues are used so that other people will correctly assume the gender of a person without an explanation. Gender cues are tied to the transgender experience of [[passing]].
 
Gender cues can be used by all genders, regardless of whether or not they are [[transgender]]. Common outward-facing gender cues are [[Hair|hair length]], [[clothing]], and makeup. Other gender cues include speech patterns, [[pronouns]], [[names]], jewelry, and accessories. Anything that has been socialized within gender expectations can be reasonably argued to be a gender cue.
 
Often transgender people will adapt their outward presentation to align with traditional gender expectations by using gender cues and gender markers. For example, some trans women will wear their hair long to conform or pass within the traditional expectations of femininity in order to underline their association with womanhood. Likewise, trans men will cut their hair short so that others (often cisgender or non-queer people) will identify them as male.
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